Adobe Flash Will Be Discontinued in 2020

Adobe Flash will not be supported in 2020
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Adobe Flash was first introduced in 1996. It is designed to create multimedia content, like animations and games. It was common to use Flash to embed content in websites. However, as technology keeps moving forward, Adobe Flash is considered to be too resource-hungry, that hinders web browsers’ performance. Less and less third-party supports are given. Now, Adobe decides to stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020.

In fact, Adobe Flash has been criticized for its proprietary system and mediocre security for quite some time. For example, Apple’s iOS devices do not support Flash at all. In 2010, Apple thought that Flash is not optimized for new modern mobile platforms, is not reliable and secure enough.

Open Standards, such as HTML5 and WebGL, show up in the market. These new standards can perform the functions of Adobe Flash, while being more efficient and perform better. They also improve the cross-platform support, that no extra plugin is required to run HTML5. Most web browsers have already supported HTML5 since 2013. YouTube has converted to use HTML5 players instead of Flash players in 2015. Web browsers, like Chrome, Safari and Edge, make HTML5 as the default method for displaying content in late 2016.

After 20 years, Adobe Flash is going to be discontinued. An era will be ended, while new technologies take its place. Adobe will still provide security patches before 2020.

Source from Adobe.

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